Last year Dreamstime launched the Stock Rank game, which was an instant hit with Dreamstime users. Not to be outdone, Shutterstock launched the Shutterstock Captcha Challenge, which has taken Shutterstock contributors by storm. The object of the game is to try and log in. For most other sites this is not a game and just part of our daily internet lives. However, Shutterstock turned the logging in process in to a game, which I think is a great idea and once I manage to log in, I often just log out so I can play the game again.

So don’t miss out on the fun at Shutterstock, try the Shutterstock Captcha Challenge today, just log in to enter. Oh, er.. if you can. 🙂

Update: December 8, 2012

Crazy Capture

I’m now an expert at this game and got it first time. 🙂 ntychin Must relocate, $250,000 (212)

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11 thoughts on “The Shutterstock Captcha Challenge

  1. It’s a pain sometimes, that’s true. But I found out that even with the strangest images (as shown in your post), it usually works when I type what I think it could be. At least I haven’t had a failed login in month and I login daily… 🙂

    1. haha, well if you even try to guess what some of the really strange ones above could be, I applaud you.

  2. Yes, I think it has become a bit easier recently but I still usually have to refresh at least once to get something I can have a stab at! Why they have to have this at all is the question. No other site feels the need and not even my bank, where security is all important, uses it. Regards, David.

    1. The extremely long and often indecipherable captchas are to prevent 3rd party apps from working. They announced the following once in their forum, here’s the link. “A number of software companies are collecting Submit site usernames/passwords from our submitters. These companies then use the info to access our Submit site and collect stats or upload content on behalf of that submitter. For a variety of reasons, and even if the submitter has given permission, we cannot permit this kind of uncontrolled Submit site access. These bots slow down our Submit site for everyone, and pose serious security risks to you since your payment details are available to them once they login to the Submit site on your behalf.”

      They are basically taking a much harder stance on 3rd party apps than most other agencies and I guess we will just have to keep putting up with, er I mean playing the Captcha Challenge for a while, if not forever. The thing is though, I like many of the 3rd party apps that are out there.

  3. great stuff. I found out that sometimes the second word will not be verified.

  4. Alas, the game has ended. Today Shutterstock brought a halt to the Captcha Challenge, a game that we all hold so dear to our hearts. The countless hours playing the game, time that we will never get back, will always be fondly remembered. 🙁

  5. Well, due to popular demand 🙁 Shutterstock have brought back the game, so enjoy the fun folks!

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